18 gauge craft wire (must be 18 gauge)
this is available at craft stores such as Hobby Lobby, however if you do not have a craft store available, you can buy 18 gauge wire in a small roll at a hardware store.
package of 9" or 11" helium quality latex balloons
floral stem wrapping tape
at least three magnolia leaves - (silk leaves are fine)
glue gun (maybe)
Cut 9 pieces of 18 gauge wire into 18" pieces
Cut 4 pieces of 18 gauge wire into 9" pieces
Fold the 18" pieces in half, leaving rounded at the top
Cut the ends off of 9 ballons
Feed the folded 18" wires into the 9 balloons
Pull balloon down tight to the end of the wire, this part of the process is difficult and takes patience
Wrap the balloon very tightly with the floral tape
Continue wrapping all nine balloons and wires with floral tape
Now pull the wires out inside the balloons and shape the petals.
This is why you need 18 gauge wire, so it will hold it's shape.
Fasten one 9" wire to the magnolia center, this may require using the glue gun to get it to stay.
If you do not have a magnolia center, you can purchase them at a craft store, but they are pricey.
Place three petals around the magnolia center, and wrap with floral tape
Add three additional petals, and wrap with floral tape
Add three remaining petals, and wrap with floral tape
Add at least three magnolia leaves, and wrap with floral tape
There you have it, one gorgeous magnolia blossom, created from latex balloons
Thanks to Dona at Admiralty RV Park in San Antonio TX for teaching me this craft.
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